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The Witches Seed

13 Jul.

The Witches Seed

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From the genius of Stewart Copeland and with the voice of Irene Grandi, the most spectacular Rock Opera with immersive video scenography returns, after the tremendous success of 2022.

A story of witches, persecutions, diabolical plans, and illusions…

In a time of economic, social, and political-spiritual crisis due to pestilence and the spread of new faiths and heresies, three women are accused of witchcraft, suffering persecutions and tribulations until an unexpected showdown, while engulfed in flames.

They tell their battle against the most obscurantist church of the Inquisition, to preserve and protect their knowledge, their rituals, and their professions. On the contrary, through the eyes of the Inquisition, distorted visions of sabbaths and orgiastic rites that possess the people because of the protagonists emerge.

A story constantly on the edge of tension, playing between reality and distorted and corrupted visions, between characters that really existed and others of fantasy. Paganism, magic, and orgiastic abandonment threaten the rituals, knowledge, and power of religious institutions far from the people.

Our protagonists Isabetta, Nele, Manzinetta, and Teresa have powerful tools at their disposal, but will they be enough to save their lives? We know that over the centuries, millions of women in Europe alone have suffered atrocious tortures and ended up at the stake or the gallows…

…How will our story end?

In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed to the following day.

Signed by great artists

The Opera originates from an idea by Maddalena Calderoni and is the result of the collaboration and creativity of great artists:

Stewart Copeland is the author of the orchestral score. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, founder and drummer of an iconic band like The Police, Copeland boasts 60 million records sold over the course of his career, 6 Grammy Awards, and has written the scores for unforgettable films such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Talk Radio, and Ken Loach’s Raining Stones.

In addition to the sonic creation of the American artist, there are some songs composed by another leading figure in pop-rock over the past few decades, singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde, leader of The Pretenders, which break into the score as a disruptive element in contemporary orchestration.

The starring role in the opera is entrusted to Irene Grandi, an eclectic artist with an unmistakable voice, one of the most beloved in Italian pop-rock, with over 25 years of career and collaborations with artists such as Pino Daniele, Jovanotti, and Vasco Rossi.

The architect of the libretto is the British/Irish playwright Jonathan Moore, a well-known name to the most prestigious international theatrical institutions and a writer for the BBC, who has collaborations with composers of the caliber of Michael Nyman, Ludovico Einaudi, and Copeland himself. For the 2024 revival, Jonathan Moore has also been entrusted with directing, in collaboration with the versatile choreographer and dancer Valentina Versino, an artist with a unique style born from encounters with great Masters of the Performing Arts, starting with Pina Bausch and David Zambrano. And then Marina Abramovich, Simone Forti, Andrew Harwood. And yet, Nancy Star Smith, Julian Hamilton, Akram Khan, Frey Faust, Judith Malina.

The video scenographies that will transform the Teatro Arcimboldi and the Teatro Alfieri are signed by the internationally renowned concept & visual artist Edvige Faini, who has been collaborating for years with the most prestigious Hollywood production studios (having worked on films such as Planet of the Apes, Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, and Sin City, to name just a few) and with the most renowned global game houses (as a concept artist, she developed cult video games like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Final Fantasy XV).

The realization of the stage scenographies is entrusted to Lia Fabbrini, while the precious costumes are designed by Sartoria Klemann, and the lighting is by Mattia Carli

Cast

Music by STEWART COPELAND
Libretto and direction by JONATHAN MOORE
Conductor TROY MILLER
Creative Partner: CHRISSIE HYNDE
Video scenography by EDVIGE FAINI
Choreography by VALENTINA VERSINO
Assistant Director CHIARA TARABOTTI
Stage designs by LIA FABBRINI
Light Designer MATTIA CARLI
Director of Animation PIER MARCO FILIPPI

Characters and Performers

Isabetta IRENE GRANDI
Nele VERONICA GRANATIERO soprano
Manzinetta MADDALENA CALDERONI mezzosoprano
Inquisitor Buelli ETTORE AGATI countertenor
Bishop Bascapè GABRIELE NANI baritone
Shepherd Vittorio GRAZIANO DALLAVALLE bass
Shepherd Ludo DOMENICO POZIELLO tenor
Shepherd Claudio FRANCESCO CASCIONE baritone
Sergeant Giovanni RICCARDO BENLODI tenor
Guard Polidori DAVIDE PROCACCINI bass

DANCE COMPANY TONES ON THE STONES

Alessandro Cocco
Mauro Fortunato
Cristian Rodriguez
Lazaro Rojas Perez
Filippo Seziani
Stefano Alicante
Francesco Colella
Nuria Argiles
Alice Baroni
Cecilia Croce
Alessia De Vitis
Isabella Molino
Giulia Andrea Odorizzi
Sabrina Azzarone